Booking Terms & Conditions
Booking Terms & Conditions
Self drive day boats are offered for hire by Bowness Bay Marina Ltd (referred to in these conditions as ‘the Company’). Any contract to hire a boat with the Company incorporates the conditions below and is between the Company and you as the Hirer. ‘The Hirer’ includes all members of the party hiring the vessel.
All boats offered for hire by the Company are licensed by The Lake District National Park Authority and operated in accordance with the said Authority’s Lake Bylaws.
Boats are only hired to members of the public over 18 years old. Persons under the age of 18 are not permitted to drive self drive motor boats.
The Company reserves the right not to hire a boat to any person whom it considers is unsuitable to operate the vessel without explanation.
No liability to the Hirer is accepted by the Company for loss or damage to the Hirer’s belongings
No liability to the Hirer is accepted by the Company for injury to or death of the Hirer during the course of the hire or during embarkation or disembarkation. Hirers use the pontoons, quays and other landings on the Lake entirely at their own risk.
The Company will:
Instruct the Hirer how to operate all safety and other equipment on board the boat and instruct the Hirer how to operate the engine but the Hirer uses the same at their own risk.
Ensure that the boat and its equipment are in a functional state during the hire and that there is sufficient battery power/fuel for the hire period.
Make available buoyancy aids for all members of the party.
The Hirer will:
Pay in full for the period of hire before the commencement of hire.
Use the boat in a manner which is consistent with the rules of navigation and shall at all times take into consideration other users of the Lake whether in boats or not.
Not use the boat after dusk (no hire boats are licensed or insured for use after dusk).
Be responsible for extra hire fees if the boat is late in being returned for any reason except if such lateness is caused by failure of the engine or of equipment in the boat, in which case the Hirer shall be entitled to a refund of their hire fees in the proportion affected by such failure but no further compensation unless the Company has failed to take reasonable care
Ensure that all members of the party comply with these terms and conditions.
Be liable to the Company for all damage to the boat, its contents and equipment caused by the Hirer’s unreasonable behaviour or misuse of the vessel.
The Hirer shall not at any time during the Hire Period permit more than the maximum number of persons on board. If children are taken on board, the Hirer shall be fully responsible for their safety, conduct and entertainment. The Company shall not be held responsible for their safety. The nature of motor boating may render it unsuitable for a person with a physical disability or condition, or undergoing medical treatment. By signature of this agreement the Hirer warrants the medical fitness of all members of the Hirer’s party for the voyage undertaken and accepts full responsibility for their safety.
Return the boat after hire in the same state and condition as it was when it was hired. If the Company is obliged to clean and tidy the boat as a result of failure of the Hirer to comply with the Terms and Conditions then the Hirer shall pay the Company a reasonable fee for such extra work.
Boating can be Hazardous. While the Company has taken all reasonable care in the preparation of the vessel and in the provision of safety equipment, the Hirer is responsible for their own safety, the safety of third parties affected by their actions and the safe return of the vessel. The Hirer will be liable to repay the Company for any loss or damage to the boat or its equipment caused by the action or negligence of the Hirer.
A full refund will be given up to 72 hours before the activity; alternatively, we will transfer your booking to another date. No refunds will be issued if less than 72 hours notice is given.
Cancellation by us:
If we determine that the weather conditions on the day are not suitable for the type of hire you have booked, we will need to cancel your booking in accordance with our cancellation policy.
If we need to cancel your booking we will offer you a full refund or with your consent, transfer your booking to another date.
BOOKyour boat securely online
To enable us to operate safely and within the guidelines all of our boats will be available by ONLINE BOOKING ONLY and for a minimum of 2 hour periods.